Besides the sensible shoes, Patrick was wearing a No. 10 Blackhawks jersey with her name on the back.
That first attempt went through one of three slots in a board placed before the net. Her next three went wide left, wide right and left again.
Patrick is hoping for more consistency in Sunday's Aaron's 499.
It's the first restrictor plate race since she became the first woman to win a pole and lead green-flag laps at the Daytona 500. She says that eighth-place finish might have hiked expectations for Talladega but that winning on the big speedways requires "a whole lot of luck."